Catholic Spiritual Direction Catalog
"Universal Call to Contemplative Prayer"
Retreat Talks for Lay People given by Fr. Thomas Dubay

Complete Set of Fr. Dubay's Weekend Retreat talks available in 2 formats: CD & Mp3

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rosary meditations

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Rosary Meditations: The Gospel in Miniature

by Kathryn Marcellino, OCDS

Rosary Meditations: The Gospel in Miniature with Scripture, Art, Coloring Pages, and Bible Stories is a book to help children and adults learn the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and to learn to pray the rosary and meditate on the mysteries.The mysteries of the Rosary cover important events in the lives of Jesus and his mother, Mary. The interior of the book is in color and contains art masterpieces and coloring book pages for the 20 mysteries. Each mystery also has a Bible reading, Bible story (or other information), and a short reflection. The reflections are meant to be an encouragement to be a follower of Jesus Christ and to love God and others. There is a section explaining how the Rosary is a Biblical prayer, how to pray the rosary, ideas on how to pray as a family, and a brief overview of the Old Testament as an introduction to understanding the Gospel message. Also included is a short version of the story of Our Lady of Fatima and a coloring page of Jesus Blessing the Children with a Bible reading and reflection.

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How to Pray the Rosary as a
Pathway to Contemplation

by Kathryn Marcellino, OCDS

how to say the vocal prayers of the rosary
• how to meditate on the mysteries with art and scripture quotations for each mystery
• how to pray the rosary in a way to remain receptive to the highest form of prayer which is contemplation.
• how to recognize the transition from meditation to contemplation from the teachings of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila
• insights on prayer and the spiritual life
• tips on saying the rosary as a family with children
• how the rosary is a Biblical prayer

Book Review: "Kathryn Marcellino's book, How to Pray the Rosary As a Pathway to Contemplation, takes you from the basics of praying the rosary, all the way to simple and direct instruction on how to move towards the gift of contemplative prayer. In each of the twenty mysteries of the rosary, she gives the reader the related scriptures and a picture image to aid in meditation. I highly recommend this little book for both beginners in prayer and those experienced in prayer. It's a neat, short but complete handbook for praying the rosary well and more."
-- Virginia Barber, OCDS Formation Director

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Saint Catherine of Siena (March 25, 1347 in Siena - April 29, 1380 in Rome) was a lay member (tertiary) of the Dominican Order. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970 and is one of only three women Doctors of the Church. She is also a patron saint of Italy, together with Francis of Assisi.

The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena: Modern English Edition
by St. Catherine of Siena

Kathryn Marcellino (Editor to Modern English)
Algar Thorold (Translator)

The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena is a Catholic Classic. This writing was dictated by the saint while in the mystical state of ecstasy while in dialogue with God the Father. Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) was the second woman to be given the title of Doctor of the Church by the Catholic Church mainly because on her writings. Her "Dialogue" will help one better understand God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, the real meaning of life, and how to live an authentic Christian life. It includes sections on Divine Providence, Discretion, Prayer, and Obedience. These mystical writings contain explanations and affirmations of many Bible passages and traditional Church teachings including what is needed to attain Heaven and avoid hell, and how to progress through the stages of the spiritual life to union with God. Highly recommended for a better understanding of what God desires and requires of us. The book is also filled with wisdom including insights how to be happy, for example, "Man is placed above all creatures, and not beneath them, and he cannot be satisfied or content except in something greater than himself. Greater than himself there is nothing but Myself, the Eternal God. Therefore I alone can satisfy him." (page 111)

More Recommended Books on Prayer and the Spiritual Life:
Books by Fr. Thomas Dubay
Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., is a well-known retreat master and expert in the spiritual life. A Marist Priest, Father holds a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America and has taught on both major seminary level for about fifteen years. He has spent the last three decades giving retreats and writing books (over twenty at last count) on various aspects of the spiritual life. He is an expert on the teachings and writings of the two mystical doctors of the Church, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. All of his books have become modern spiritual classics.
Prayer Primer : Igniting a Fire Within
by Fr. Thomas Dubay

Prayer Primer is written for intelligent adults (and teenagers) who want God and a serious prayer life, but it does not presuppose that they need or have a theological background. It does take up many questions rarely answered adequately in the classroom or from the pulpit, often not mentioned at all: Why pray? (be ready for some surprises) … Why vocal prayer is important and yet should be limited … What contemplation is and is not … Praying with Scripture … Family prayer - even how to introduce children to group meditation … Prayer in a busy life … Pitfalls and problems - together with solutions … Buddhism? New Age? Centering prayer? … What should you do when dry and empty and not at all inclined to pray? How do you even get started? … Where and how to begin? … Assessing progress … Growing in depth. All of these subjects, and more, are clearly and concisely explained for citizens of this 21st century.

“Of the many books written on prayer, Prayer Primer is unique. Father Dubay is a master on this subject. It is a rare gift to have a simple primer written by such a man. It is utterly sound, trustworthy and practical.”
—Peter Kreeft, Author, Prayer for Beginners
Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and the Gospel-On Prayer
by Fr. Thomas Dubay

This book is the fruit of Fr. Dubay's many years of study and experience in spiritual direction and in it he synthesizes the teachings on prayer of the two great doctors of the Church on prayer--St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila--and the teaching of Sacred Scripture.

But the teaching that Fr. Dubay synthesized is not collected from Teresa and John for contemplatives alone. It is meant for every Christian and is based on the Gospel imperative of personal prayer and the call to holiness. All the major elements of these great teachers are ordered, commented on and put in the context of their scriptural foundations. Here is an outstanding book on prayer and the spiritual life written by one of the best spiritual directors and retreat masters of our time, and based on the writings of the Church's two greatest mystical doctors.

"This book is a gold mine for any Christian intent on making progress in prayer. Any reader who appreciates the relevance of the spiritual in these troubled times will find Fire Within difficult to put down. A work of art by a master of the spiritual life."
- Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.
Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Life Within
by Fr. Thomas Dubay

Father Dubay, a spiritual director and retreat master, has written a guide for Christians who are considering spiritual direction or who are already engaged in the process. He explains what spiritual direction is, the qualities to look for in a good spiritual director, the process of finding a director, ways to develop a deeper prayer life, and how to continue growing when your enthusiasm wears thin.
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer
by Fr. Thomas Dubay

As in his other popular writings, Father Thomas Dubay's style is profound and meditative yet clear and readable. He gives an overview of the spiritual life for anyone seeking to grow in the love of God and neighbor. An expert on the teachings and writings of the two great mystical doctors of prayer and the spiritual life, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, Dubay gives solid practical advice for a deepening moral and spiritual conversion, and for a radical growth in holiness.

Books by Fr. Timothy Gallagher on Ignatian Spirituality

Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. is the author of several books on Ignatian spirituality and is a well known retreat master.

"Father Gallagher has emerged as one of the foremost commentators on Ignatian spirituality in the United States." —Harvey D. Egan, SJ, professor, Boston College

"Fr. Tim Gallagher has quickly become one of the leading commentators on Ignatian discernment." —George Aschenbrenner, SJ
Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making
by Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Drawing from the timeless methods of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, this thoughtful meditation is enriched with examples and stories that offer practical and profound wisdom for aligning personal desires and goals with God’s will. With guidance on recognizing God’s infinite love, opening the heart to what God wants, making use of silence, the Eucharist, scripture, spiritual direction, finding clarity, and understanding discernment as part of the overall spiritual life in Christ, this discussion addresses questions asked by many Christians throughout life, such as What does God want for my life? Is it time to change jobs? and Should I marry? Focusing on major life decisions such as marriage and career, these insights can be adapted to any of life's decisions, helping the thoughtful Christian find a spiritually inspired mission.

"What I most admire is what lies behind Gallagher's book—an extraordinary patience in gathering so many opposite examples . . . in part from his own experience . . . and in part from his reading." —Reverend Brian O'Leary, SJ, spiritual director and professor, Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy

The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

by Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Although Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, is one of the most influential spiritual leaders of all time, most readers find his Rule hard to understand. Father Gallagher, an authority and gifted teacher, help us understand the rule and how its insights are essential for our spiritual growth today.

Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian Guide for Greater Discernment of Spirits
by Fr. Timothy Gallagher

What does God want for our lives? How can we assess when feelings, even pleasant ones, are signs that God is calling us in a particular direction? In Spiritual Consolation, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, a retreat leader and popular author of The Examen Prayer and The Discernment of Spirits, introduces us to the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola on this crucial question. Through the use of real-life examples and the Ignatian principles from the Second Rule, Fr. Gallagher shows how all of us, especially those with busy religious lives, can learn to hear and follow God’s leading. This book is both the completion of Fr. Gallagher’s esteemed Ignatian trilogy and a provocative work in its own right.

Catholic and/or Christian Psychology/Counseling Books
to help love others and ourselves in the best way possible:

Raising Your Child, Not by Force but by Love
by Sidney D. Craig (Author)

"Feelings play a crucial role in determining human behavior..."

This book is an older book that has withstood the test of time. It has a five star review on and I think it deserves it. To me, as a past child who was rebellious as a teen, and then later wanted to understand why, this book explained it perfectly. I adopted many of the principles of this book as a parent and now as a mother of five grown kids, I can say that even though I didn't do things perfectly that my children, for the most part anyway, turned out to be good teens and adults and didn't go through a really rebellious period that a lot of parents think is inevitable. Also most of them are still practicing Catholics. It is the best book I've ever read on child rearing. The principles in the book can also apply to husband and wife relationships.

Books by Ray Guarendi, Catholic counselor:
Dr. Ray Guarendi is a father, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker, and radio cohost of The Doctor is In, a call-in radio program broadcast throughout the United States.

Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids
by Dr. Ray Guarendi

In Discipline That Lasts A Lifetime, author, broadcaster, counselor, and dad, Dr. Ray Guarendi, offers parents fresh and practical advice about disciplining children. Although contemporary culture has given discipline a spanking, says the author, it remains an important God-given tool for parents to form their children's character and to teach them the basics of living: character, moral responsibility, and respect. Read and learn as Dr. Ray lays the basics out for you in a concise, sensible, and easy to read format

* How discipline is love in action
* Psychological correctness and other disciplinary worries
* Discipline and the nature of kids
* Misbehavior in word and deed
* Disciplining against the flow
* And so much more...

Books by Gregory Popcak, Catholic counselor:

For Better Forever: A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage

by Greg Popcak

"If you're looking for a very practical, solidly Catholic , down-to-earth guide to marriage and/or raising children (i.e. Parenting with Grace...), Gregory Popcak's books are for you."

God Help Me! These People Are Driving Me Nuts!: Making Peace with Difficult People

by Gregory K. Popcak

How can we get through a day filled with difficult people? How can we begin to answer the call to love others as God loves us? GOD HELP ME! THESE PEOPLE ARE DRIVING ME NUTS is a practical, humorous, and informative book that integrates cutting-edge psychology, case studies, and healing principles. Building on years of personal and professional experience, Popcak gives realistic strategies to help us assess, cultivate, and benefit from mature, peaceful relationships.

Parenting with Grace: The Catholic Parents' Guide to Raising almost Perfect Kids

by Gregory K. Popcak

This is a really terrific book on raising children. Highly recommended.


Children's Books

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